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Dry skin tips: Best moisturiser, foundation and other make-up products

Rose Gallagher
·4-min read

WATCH: How to apply make-up to dry skin and best foundation and moisturiser to use

Rose Gallagher, 30, is from Birmingham and has been a make-up artist for 10 years. She has more than 41,000 followers on Instagram, where she posts make-up tutorials, tips and tricks.

Scroll down for a full list of the products Rose uses in this tutorial.

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Creating a beauty look that sits and lasts well on dry skin is largely achieved in the skin prep.

Before you go anywhere near your make-up, give your skin a drink.

This will prevent it absorbing moisture from your make-up, and avoid it going patchy through the day.

Hyaluronic acid is the best ingredient to do this, as it is designed to retain moisture.

It works best applied to slightly damp skin when you wash your face in the morning.

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid | £5.99 from lookfantastic

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid
The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid

Best moisturiser for dry skin

Following this, I always veer towards a moisturiser full of ceramides when working with dry skin.

Ceramides are there to help repair your skin’s barrier – if your skin were layers of bread in a sandwich, ceramides are the butter.

This moisturiser from CeraVe is very hydrating but fairly thin in texture, so you get all of the hydration without it feeling too thick under your make-up.

Cerave Facial Moisturising Lotion | £9 from Boots

Cerave Facial Moisturising Lotion
Cerave Facial Moisturising Lotion

Best foundation for dry skin

Now for your make-up. To keep everything looking fresh and well, I’d recommend using cream or liquid foundations.

This L’Oreal Paris foundation is a little harder to find as it is exclusive to Amazon, but it teams a fresh glow with a medium coverage, helping you to look flawless and, at the same time, barely made-up.

Something hydrating like this will sit more easily on dry areas in the skin.

L’Oreal Paris Pro-Glow foundation | £6.39 (Was £11.99) from Amazon

L’Oreal Paris Pro-Glow foundation
L’Oreal Paris Pro-Glow foundation

How to apply make-up to dry skin

If you’re especially dry, you may wish to rethink your application technique.

A dampened Beauty Blender will help to push product onto the skin rather than rubbing it around and potentially causing dry patches to peel away.

Sponges will absorb more product as a general rule, so tread with caution and be mindful it might mean your foundation runs out a bit sooner than you would have hoped.

Bronze and blush

Keep the cream theme going to add colour to your skin.

Max Factor Miracle Touch Second Skin Hydrating Foundation with SPF 20 | £12.99 from Boots

Max Factor Miracle Second Skin Tint
Max Factor Miracle Second Skin Tint

A light coverage foundation a few shades deeper than your complexion will work well as a bronzer – I love the Max Factor Miracle Skin Tint.

For blush, pressing a touch of Glossier Cloud Paint into the skin using your middle finger will give a gentle flush of colour.

Glossier Cloud Paint | £15 from Glossier

Glossier Cloud Paint
Glossier Cloud Paint

Highlight and set your make-up

And as for Illuminators, this is where you have to make a judgement call.

Bear in mind that illuminators are going to highlight the skin underneath.

If you’re especially dry, avoid anything shimmering as it will draw attention to dry patches.

If you do wish to add a touch of glow, Becca is always my first choice as they have a wide variety of shades and textures, and their liquids are featherlight with a maximum colour pay off.

Becca Ignite Liquified Light Highlighter | £32 from Cult Beauty

Becca Ignite Illuminator
Becca Ignite Illuminator

Finally, remember the importance of your skincare, and seal everything in with a hydrating mist.

Not only will this enhance the longevity of your make-up, it will continue to keep your skin hydrated, meaning it won’t absorb the moisture from your complexion product.

Zelens Z-Balance Prebiotic & Probiotic Facial Mist | £48 from John Lewis & Partners

Zelens Probiotic Mist
Zelens Probiotic Mist

You can keep up with Rose’s make-up tips on her Instagram account @rosegallagher or listen to her podcast ‘Beauty from the Heart’ on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and all your usual podcast platforms.